Strawberry Peach Crisp

Have you ever known a naturally beautiful woman who insists upon always covering herself in an exceedingly thick mask of...
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Photo courtesy of Oliver Barth.

Have you ever known a naturally beautiful woman who insists upon always covering herself in an exceedingly thick mask of makeup? If so, you can understand exactly how I feel about the tradition of loading baked fruit crisps with tons of sugar. Ripe fruit really needs so very little to heighten its treat factor, especially when it is transformed into such syrupy-soft pleasure when it is baked (and topped simply with crunchy oats). You can easily prep the ramekins ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator so you can just pop them in the oven whenever. 

Notes

Arrowroot powder helps thicken the fruit mixture when baked, without adding sugar (it’s virtually flavorless).

Gluten-free rolled oats may be used.

Reprinted with permission from Superfood Snacks © 2015 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Oliver Barth.

Ingredients

  • 1/3  Cup  dried goldenberries
  • 1  Cup  hot water
  • 1/4  Cup  fresh orange juice
  • 1  Tablespoon  arrowroot powder (optional)
  • 1  Teaspoon  freshly grated lemon zest
  • 3/4  Teaspoons  ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1  Cup  strawberries, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 1/2  Cup  peaches, cut into half-inch wedges
  • 1/2  Cup  rolled oats
  • 2  Tablespoons  coconut sugar
  • 4  Teaspoons  coconut oil, melted
  • Coconut yogurt, for serving (optional)

Directions

Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat 4 5-ounce ramekins with cooking spray.

Place the goldenberries in a medium bowl and pour the hot water on top. Let the berries sit for 20 minutes to soften, then drain. Add the orange juice, arrowroot powder if using, lemon zest, and ¼ teaspoon of the cinnamon to the drained goldenberries and mix well. Fold in the strawberries and peaches.

In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and remaining ½ teaspoon cinnamon.

Fill ramekins with the fruit mixture, then sprinkle the oats on top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. Remove the ramekins from the oven and cool for a minimum of 15 minutes.

To serve, top the crisp with a dollop of coconut yogurt, if using. Fruit crisps may be served warm or at room temperature. Extra ramekins can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. 

Strawberry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Strawberry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.